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Roma hires Jose Mourinho, Manchester City advances to Champions League final, and more: Freedom Kicks for May 5, 2021

A big coaching hire.

Real Madrid training and Press Conference Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images

Happy Cinco de Mayo, everyone. We have some Champions League this afternoon, where Christian Pulisic and Chelsea FC look to book a place in the Champions League Final. They will have to outlast Real Madrid first. Before you settle in for that and Concacaf Champions League tonight, let’s catch up from some of the stories from yesterday.

Jose Mourinho named Roma boss from start of next season - BBC

Holy coaching change, Batman! Jose Mourinho will take over for AS Roma next season in a shocking coaching hire.

Mahrez double sees City cruise into Champions League final - CBS Sports

Riyad Mahrez scored 2 goals for Manchester City as they put the aggregate beatdown on Paris Saint-Germain to advance to their first Champions League Final in club history. USMNT goalkeeper Zack Steffen will have the chance to go for a title in Istanbul on May 29th.

Announcer Jim Beglin sorry for comment about PSG’s Angel Di Maria - ESPNFC

The Champions League semifinal today was marred by a racist remark by CBS announcer Jim Beglin about PSG’s Angel Di Maria as the player exited the field upon getting a straight red card. He later apologized on air for his remark and then again on social media after the match. But, this wasn’t it at all and more needs to be done quickly to end the use of this kind of language.

NWSL’s investigation into Houston stadium security is a missed opportunity for transparency - All for XI

Oh incredible miss on their statement about their investigation into Sarah Gorden and her boyfriend and family getting racially profiled by Houston Dash security a couple weeks ago. The NWSL’s response was, “nothing to see here, move along, we’re not talking about it anymore cuz we said so.” The NWSL is getting absolutely destroyed for this response, and they should get destroyed. The league has so far to go and it’s clear that they don’t have the backs of minority players, particularly Black players, and that needs to change quickly or they’ll start losing fans.

Barcelona in hot water over Messi lunch? - Barca Blaugranes

Lionel Messi decided to invite all of the FC Barcelona players and their significant others to his house for a lunch for some team bonding ahead of their big match against Atletico Madrid. However, that could have run afoul of Catalonia coronavirus restrictions and an investigation is now pending.

Jonathan Mensah cleared to play, Gyasi Zardes game-time decision for Columbus Crew vs. Monterrey - Columbus Dispatch

The Columbus Crew could have a couple key players back in time for their Concacaf Champions League match against Monterrey.

That’s it for today. Stay dry out there.